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Who is the New Guy at the PUC and What Does He Do?

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Venue: Ramsey County Room / Landmark Center  Saint Paul, MN United States  Get Directions
Total Price: $15.00

Deadline to Register: September 18, 2015

Please join us Tuesday, September 22, to hear from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s newest staff member, Chris Villarreal.  Chris joined the Commission in May 2015 as its Director of Policy.  In this role, Chris will provide policy research and assistance to the Commissioners and analyze policy considerations for future and on-going policy development on issues such as grid modernization and cybersecurity.  Chris will address issues he is currently researching and draw some comparisons to California. 

Chris is an active participant in many national grid modernization efforts, including NIST Grid 3.0 and the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel.  Chris is on the Board of Directors for the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, and is also on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee for the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB).  At NAESB, Chris chairs the Energy Services Provider Interface (ESPI) Task Force.

Prior to joining the Commission, Chris spent the previous nine years at the California Public Utilities Commission.  At the CPUC, Chris worked on a variety of proceedings, including on Smart Grid, data privacy and data access, cybersecurity, demand response, and rate design.  Chris also authored several White Papers on topics such as pre-pay, cybersecurity, and microgrids.  Before the CPUC, Chris worked in Washington, D.C. as an energy law paralegal focusing on FERC matters.  Chris has a B.A. in History from Baylor University.

Please join us for lunch beginning at Noon, followed by the program from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Box lunch will be provided.  Special meal requests need to be received no later than Thursday, September 17.


Chris Villarreal; Director of Policy, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE credits approved | Event Code: 210193


Section Member:  $10.00 
MSBA Member not in the section: $15.00  
Non-Member:  $15.00 
Law Student: Free

Join the Public Utilities Law Section:  $32.00  MSBA members who are not members of the Public Utilities Law Section can join the section & attend this CLE for FREE.  Click here to add the section to your membership and then contact Jennifer Brask to register for this meeting at no charge. 

Remote Participation: 

Teleconferencing is not available.

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Questions? Contact Jennifer Brask | 612-278-6305

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